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(32nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry)

The 3rd Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves lost 3 officers and 69 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 54 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Antietam.

1861
May 20 Organized at Philadelphia and moved to Easton, Pa.
May 21-July 22 Camp at Easton
July 22 Moved to Harrisburg, Pa.
July 28 Mustered into United States service under Colonel Horation G. Sickel, Lieutenant Colonel William S. Thompson and Major Richard H. Woolworth

Moved to Washington, D.C., then to Tennallytown, Md. Attached to 2nd Brigade, McCall’s Pennsylvania Reserves Division, Army of the Potomac.

Oct. 9 At Camp Pierpont, near Langley, Va.
December 6 Expedition to Grinnell’s Farm
1862
March Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

March 10-15 Advance on Manassas, Va.
April 9-19 McDowell’s advance on Falmouth attached to 2nd Brigade, McCall’s Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock
April – May Duty at Fredericksburg
June 1 Major Richard Woolworth promoted to lieutenant colonel in the 4th Pennsylvania Reserves
June 9-11 Moved to White House; attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond
June 26
Battle of Mechanicsville
June 27
Gaines’ Mill
June 30
Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale
July 1
Malvern Hill
July-August At Harrison’s Landing
July 9 Lieutenant Colonel Thompson resigned
August 1 Captain John Clark of Company E was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain William Briner of Company D to major
August 16-26 Movement to Join Pope, attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia
August 28 Battle of Gainesville
August 29 Groveton
August 30
Second Battle of Bull Run
September 1 Colonel Sickle was forced to leave the regiment on sick leave,.
September 6-24 Maryland Campaign. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.
September 14
Battle of South Mountain
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded at Antietam by Lieutenant Colonel John Clark.

From the monument on the Antietam battlefield:

Arriving on the field on the afternoon of September 16th, Lieut. Col. John Clark. Comd’g. the Regiment immediately deployed eight companies as skirmishers.

When the 2nd Brigade advanced on the morning of September 17th, the Regiment fell into line, and 600 yards South of this point became engaged with Hood’s Confederate Division.

Number engaged about 200.

Casualties at Antietam
Killed 12  Wounded 34  Total 46

September-October Duty in Maryland
October 30-November 19 Movement to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
1863
January 20-24 “Mud March”
February 6 Ordered to Washington, D.C. and duty there and in District of Alexandria attached to 2nd Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington, D.C
1864
January 6 Duty near Martinsburg, W. Va.
January 27 Operations in Hampshire and Hardy counties, W. Va.
February 7 Duty near Kearneysville, W. Va.
March 27 Near Harper’s Ferry
April 3 Moved to Webster
April 22 Moved to the Kanawha Valley, W. Va. attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Dept. of West Virginia
May 2-19 Crook’s Expedition to Virginia & Tennessee Railroad
May 9 Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain
May 10 New River Bridge
May 10-19 Expedition to Meadow Bluff, Fayette County
May 12-13 Near Newport
June 4 Left front for Pittsburg, Pa.
June 8 Veterans and Recruits transferred to 54th Pennsylvania
June 17 Mustered out under Colonel Sickel, Lieutenant Colonel John Clark and Major William Briner